Alright! Some things have happened in the last few weeks, and I’ve been far too lazy to blog about it. Sorry about that!
First, lets talk about #30daysofbiking. It a neat thing that I’ve been trying to do this month, and it seems to be going okay. I’ve rode my bike every day so far and my legs are sore enough to prove it. When I say “I’ve rode my bike,” I don’t mean that I’ve ridden only one bike. So lets have a little update on the bikes that I have.
This guy has been doing pretty darned good. After cracking the axle nut and replacing it, there was a little bit of tweaking to do the get the shifting just right once again, but that was pretty straightforward. I also think I need to look at the wiring for the rear dynamo light. I think there’s a loose wire in there somewhere. That’ll be good, I like digging into electronics, and I promised I’d look at L’s dynamo light setup for her glider as well. I will keep that promise L
There is something a bit concerning that I think I’m going to need to address, my front brake seems to work its way loose periodically. I don’t know if I should do as the LBS suggests and get some LocTite, or if maybe I need to disassemble and grease some threads, or if I need some lock washers in place to make for less wiggling. I’ll figure it out though. I’m also a little concerned about the front hub now that I think about it. I haven’t mentioned this out loud yet, but I think that hub may need rebuilding; or at least some serious adjustment. That means tools… I’ll talk about tools in a future post.
Next I’m going to talk about Gaspode:
I was super excited when I acquired this beauty. It’s not a super high end pug, but it was pretty, light, fast, and clean. I put some money into it. I adjusted every little thing, learned how to overhaul bearings and set up derailleurs… It was loads of fun! Sadly, Gaspode and I will be parting ways as soon as I find a new home for him. He’s a medium frame bike in a large frames home. The picture here has both the seat post and stem at their maximum height, and I needed just three or so more inches for a good fit. So I’m selling him off. I’m basically only asking for enough to pay for the parts I put in, plus a wee bit for labour.
I only really rode him twice, around a little forest trail with L that we drove out to, and once to work, where I realized it was definitely too small.
Now, on to the oldest of my bicycles:
The unnamed cruiser. This guy has leaned against many walls, and sat in several basements over the years, I freaking loved this bike when I first got it, but that faded fast as I could never get comfortable on rides lasting more than an hour. For me, this slow, heavy beach cruiser never really fit. Looks damn cool though. Today, I found this under-appreciated bicycle a new home with some dude who answered a Kijiji ad because he wanted something to ride with his kids and out at his lakeside cabin. Power to him, I really hope he enjoys the heck out of it.
I swear that cruiser hasn’t rolled more than 200Km.
One more thing…
With two bikes on their way out, and one that still needs tweaking, what else is out there for a boy who wants to ride bikes like he’s ten?
Probably an 80s Miyata:
This lovely bike is definitely larger than the pug. In fact it’s a 25″ frame! This picture is from my first commute to work on the bike, I learned that the saddle needed to come up about an inch from where I had it, and the angle of the handlebars needed to change. I had the handlebars horizontal in the drops, but I’m going to try some advice I read and point the bar ends towards the rear brakes. Glenn’s Bicycle Manual recommends pointing the bar ends towards the rear hub, but I think that would leave my tops and ramps pointed weirdly upwards for this particular bar.
This is a lovely entry level road bike from Team Miyata from 1982. It’s a model 110SP, the SP indicates a slight upgrade to the base 110 including an integrated derailleur hangar and a few more alloy components. I actually almost didn’t get this bike. I was poking around on Kijiji a few weeks ago, drooling over a 30 year old Colnago that someone locally wants to sell, but is probably asking a little too much for (that way he can claim to be trying to sell it). I was just putting in random bike brand names into the search bar to see what comes up… Several Bianchi fixies, a couple pugs, more CCMs and Eatons Gliders than you can shake a stick at, and a couple of imported Raleighs, most of the bikes are in the $80 to $200 range. The Miyata came in under $200, but over one. A fair price in this market it seems. I bought it from the original owner, he claimed that all of the parts were original, but I think he may have replaced the saddle at some point, because that’s the only thing that didn’t match the catalogue!
I’m saving up for a Brooks Cambium saddle for this new friend. There are a whole bunch of pictures in my bicycle gallery on this site. I haven’t braved the bearings on this bike yet, but when I do, be sure that there will be photo documentation this time!